Doctor’s ball raised a glittering £14,000 for Breast Care Unit in King’s Lynn

PUBLISHED: 16:46 15 August 2014 | UPDATED: 16:46 15 August 2014

From left: Dr Steven Grove and James Garner

From left: Dr Steven Grove and James Garner


A west Norfolk doctor who organised a glitter ball in memory of his wife who died from breast cancer, has raised £14,000 - over double the amount they expect.

Dr Steven Gove, along with his brother-in-law James Garner, arranged the ball aiming to raise £6,000 for The Breast Care Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

They wanted to raise funds for the unit after Dr Gove’s wife, Sally passed away from the disease aged just 50 in July 2013.

She also left behind their daughter Ellen, father John Garner and her two brothers, James and Robert.

Dr Gove said: “Sally received fabulous support and care at the QEH and we wanted to recognise the staff’s efforts by raising money for the Breast Care Unit development fund, to help give them the best support and care to others in the future.”

The glitter ball and auction was held in the Godwick Great Barn, near Fakenham.

Guests enjoyed a night of live entertainment which included a magician, fire dancer and a band named I Dos from West Sussex.

There was also a three course sit down meal and local beer was provided by local brewery Yetmans, from Blakeney.

Brother to Sally, Mr Garner who helped to organise the event said that they managed to raise more money than they expected.

He said: “We had our sights set on raising more than £6,000 we raised at last year’s ball and we smashed it, raising £14,000 and there’s still the possibility of more to come.”

Mr Garner explained why they chose to organise the charity event.

He said: “Steve, Ellen and I really wanted to do something at Godwick where Sally grew up and on a scale that would benefit our memories of Sally.

“So we planned a fundraising ball at Godwick to celebrate Sal’s life - hence the glitter ball.”

He added: “We packed out the barn with 220 people. We were generously supported by ball goers and from north Norfolk businesses.”

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